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Filipino artist calls out state university for displaying ‘plagiarized’ piece in art exhibit

Following the posting of Tarlac State University – The Studio on their Facebook page, several social media users noticed a seemingly familiar artwork on one of the photos in their art exhibit.

The Department of Fine Arts at the Tarlac State University (TSU) hosted its opening ceremony for an annual art exhibit, ‘3rd Pagbubuklod’, on April 8, which features various artworks made by their students.

Unfortunately, one of the photos posted caught the attention of some Facebook users, leading to their investigation.

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It was discovered that one of the pieces on display resembled an original artwork created by an artist named Takopiie, which she posted in July 2023.


Photo Credit: Takopiie

Prior to the incident, the purportedly copied work was said to be a “redesigned album cover,” which many were skeptical of since it was obviously a copy-and-paste one.

The original owner then posted on her FB page after a concerned user emailed her, saying someone copied her artwork.

In response to the accusations, TSU removed the previously mentioned artwork and issued a statement claiming to have conducted a thorough investigation.

However, it doesn’t stop there as this incident seemed to not be the first time to happen as another user expressed their disappointment to the university for even giving an award to a plagiarized artwork last May 2023.

Photo Credit: Yo Az
Photo Credit: Yo Az
Photo Credit: Tarlac State University

The photo owner also commented on the Facebook post, questioning why his work was ‘stolen.’


The university has yet to provide information on what action will be taken once the plagiarism issue is proven.


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